[Eclipse] Syntax error, annotations are only available if source level is 1.5 or greater


While working with eclipse J2EE IDE on Mac OS X system running Yosemite Operating system, I got the following error message Syntax error, annotations are only available if source level is 1.5

I have configured JRE with Java version JRE 1.8, to fix this issue,

  1. Right-click on your project folder and select Properties
  2. Now click on Java Compiler
  3. Change the Java Compiler Compliance level to 1.7 or higher
  4. Apply changes
  5. Issue should be fixed.

Note that older versions of Eclipse IDEs do not support Java 8 version. You need to have Eclipse Kepler SR2 or Eclipse Luna versions for Java 8 support.

Java Compiler Compliance level
Java Compiler Compliance level